Wombata (357) - Kobe, - APR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Earthy, Manuka honey, pear, roasted grain, white flower blossoms. Subtle. Not explosively aromatic like the APAs etc. that feature NZ hops.
Palate: Medium bodied.
Flavor: Roasted malt, softened by Manuka honey-like flavor and Manuka tea. Orange, and a lingering dry Manuka on the finish.
Comments: Smooth, medium-full mouth feel without being heavy. Well-made, though hop heads beware. This succeeds in featuring the Manuka aromas and flavors and any more hopping would over power this character. In this it successfully achieves its goal.
Pyobon (853) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Clear copper with slight white head. Nice floral aroma - rather reminiscent of rose petals.Light body and medium carbonation. Taste is light, refreshing and elegant. Slightly honey sweet, floral with a hint of stone fruit and negligible bitterness. Nice easy drinking beer.
chinchill (1263) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV
Deep amber with excellent clarity and a decent head.
Feel: Somewhat crisp, with medium carbonation and a dry finish. A tad thin.
Aroma: the manuka shows in the very floral aroma that also has a hint of pine. Spicy hops and manuka dominate the finish and lasting, very tasty, and mildly bitter aftertaste.
O: Distinct but not challenging. Recommended.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body goden-brown. It smells sweet- lemon. Taste is lemon, parfumed, fresh, bit hoppy, lemon, bit smoked-lemon, fruity-strange, bit bitter. Ok
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 mild grassy bitterness, even milder honey. itís okay, but a bit bland really.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Fork and Brewer. Clear deep amber color, off white head. Aroma of perfumy pine. Taste is herbal pine and creme brulee. Really interesting. And Iím glad I wonít get scurvy today.
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clear amber poor. Nice cabonation and head. Aroma is of Manuka with plenty coming through in the flavor. Great beer for showcasing that flavour of Manuka but not much else going on. Slighly lemonady I felt. Well done beverage that I enjoyed.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much sweeter in aroma and taste than I was expecting. Very rose like, then thick clouds of caramel roll in.The manuka is well done and balanced by the other components, it is most noticeable as an airy and resiny high-note in the after taste. My bottle may or may not have been a bit oxidised, but it felt a little empty in the middle.
Cantabrian (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too pungent. The resinous f;avour is too strong. Perhaps I should not have taken it, but Iíve had herbal/spice ales that I liked. Iím sure itís got great medicinal properties though. The old knowledge...life expectancy in the time of shamans must have been through the thatched roof.
Beersiveknown (2390) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@ The White House, Wellington
Herbal green tea and honey nose with smooth body, fairly thick mouth feel with oatcakes and honey. Mid brown with slight white head.An interesting beer that drinks well.
Pdubyah (247) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is something just a little odd about his, not unpleasing odd, but something that might make you frown. I thought about candy floss, or turkish delight or even rose water when I was drinking this, not in itself unpleasant.
As to itís proven medicinal attributes....
Look hey if you brought me a 6 pack over Iíd admire you and weíd chew the fat, but there are thicker and longer beers than this, not that this is thin, itís just not a stayer, and barely a starter. I think youíd tire of the roses pretty smartish, Iíve got the end of this and Iím glad it was 330ml and not 500ml.